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Netflix Developing New Installment of ‘Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City’

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Netflix is developing a new installment of “Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City” with Working Title Television U.S. Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis are on board to revive the characters they played in Showtime and PBS adaptations of the landmark Lgbt-themed novel series in the 1990s.

Michael Cunningham (“The Hours”) has penned the first script for what is envisioned as a 10-part installment, although the project does not yet have a series order from Netflix. Maupin would return as an executive producer, and Alan Poul is on board to direct. Netflix declined to comment.

Prolific novelist Maupin launched the series that follows a colorful, diverse group of characters living in San Francisco as a newspaper serial in 1976. He has published nine novels in the “Tales” series, with 2014’s “The Days of Anna Madrigal” said to be the final edition of the book series.

“Tales” focuses on the residents of a boarding house at 28 Barbary Lane »


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Michelle Rodriguez Threatens to Leave ‘Fast and Furious’ Franchise if it Doesn’t ‘Show Some Love to Women’

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Michelle Rodriguez is, fittingly, furious with “The Fast and the Furious” franchise for not giving enough opportunities to women.

The actress threatened to leave behind her role as Letty Ortiz, the wife of Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto, if the series continues to limit its female roles.

“F8 is out digitally today,” she captioned her Instagram photo. “I hope they decide to show some love to the women of the franchise on the next one. Or I just might have to say goodbye to a loved franchise. It’s been a good ride & I’m grateful for the opportunity the fans & studio have provided over the years.”

Rodriguez, who has portrayed Letty in five of the eight installments, has previously pointed out that she’s had limited dialogue along with actress Jordana Brewster, who plays the sister of Dom, and other women who have joined the series.

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Olivia Cooke to star in 'Vanity Fair' adaptation for ITV, Amazon

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Mammoth Screen to produce seven-part series.

ITV has tied with Amazon for the first time – commissioning a seven-part adaptation of William Thackeray’s Vanity Fair.

Mammoth Screen, the company behind ITV’s Victoria, and Amazon Studios will co-produce the 7x60-minute drama which is set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars and will star Olivia Cooke will star as the social climbing heroine Becky Sharp.

Thackeray’s novel, which was published as a serialisation from 1848, is to be adapted by Gwyneth Hughes.

Mammoth Screen managing director Damien Timmer will executive produce the series alongside Hughes, James Strong and Tom Mullens.

Vanity Fair was ordered by head of drama Polly Hill, who told Screen’s sister publication Broadcast earlier this month that she was open to signing more international co-production deals.

“We want to be in the market for those bigger, global facing dramas because the audience has become an international one,” she said. “What »


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‘Deadpool 2’ Adds ‘Hunt For The Wilderpeople’ Star Julian Dennison

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While “Deadpool” made big piles of money, and was declared the proof of concept that you could step well outside the superhero sandbox, take a risk, and have it pay off handsomely, let’s just say the movie wasn’t for me. I have very little interest in the follow-up, but now Ryan Reynolds and co. have provided one reason I might watch the sequel one day, even if it’s on an airplane.

Continue reading ‘Deadpool 2’ Adds ‘Hunt For The Wilderpeople’ Star Julian Dennison at The Playlist. »


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Box Office: ‘Baby Driver’ Races to $2.1 Million in Tuesday Night Previews

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Edgar Wright’s “Baby Driver” sped to $2.1 million at 2,606 North American locations in Tuesday night previews.

Sony’s R-rated action-thriller, starring Ansel Elgort as a getaway car driver, expands to 3,150 sites Wednesday to get a head start on the Independence Day weekend. The studio is projecting an opening in the $13 million to $15 million range for the five-day Wednesday-Sunday period, while other projections have been in the $20 million area.

Baby Driver,” released from Sony’s TriStar Pictures and MRC, has received strong critical support since its South by Southwest premiere in March and has a 98% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. »


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Michael Bond Dies: Paddington Bear Creator & Author Was 91

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Creator of Paddington, the marmalade-loving bear from deepest darkest Peru, Michael Bond has died. Publisher Harper Collins UK announced the news this afternoon, saying Bond passed away at home on Tuesday after a short illness. He was 91. The British author sold his first short story in 1945 and published his first Paddington book, A Bear Called Paddington in 1958. He ultimately published over 200 books for children, including dozens devoted to the trouble-prone duffel… »


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‘Big Bang Theory’ Star Johnny Galecki’s House Burns Down in Massive Fire; Actor Unharmed

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The Big Bang Theory” star Johnny Galecki’s large ranch burned down on Monday night in a massive fire, Variety has confirmed with the actor’s reps.

Galecki was not at the property at the time of the fire and is unharmed.

The hideway home was in San Luis Obispo, located in between Los Angeles and San Francisco. According to the TMZ, who first broke the news, the 1,200 acre fire burned down the ranch and other property on the estate. As of press time, 40% of the fire had been contained.

The actor’s rep confirms the report that states Galecki has not yet seen the property, but plans to check out the scene once the fire is completely contained.

According to a statement from Galecki, no one was harmed in the fire. »


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Troy Duffy ('Boondock Saints') Returns With 'The Blood Spoon Council'

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Exclusive: The Boondock Saints creator Troy Duffy makes directing return.

Producer Scott Clayton and his Oceanside Media has signed on to produce and fully finance The Blood Spoon Council, Troy Duffy’s return to the director’s chair since The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day in 2009.

The psychological thriller centres on the eponymous vigilante group that hunts down and executes serial killers in the Us.

When the FBI commissions a rogue profiler to get inside the head of the group’s elusive leader, the investigation is derailed when the whizzkid engages in a game of cat-and-mouse with a formidable mastermind.

Duffy directed 2009’s The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day, the sequel to his 1999 crime thriller The Boondock Saints. »


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Ansel Elgort to Portray John F. Kennedy in World War II Drama ‘Mayday 109’

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Baby Driver” star Ansel Elgort has signed on to play John F. Kennedy in the drama “Mayday 109,” based on the 1943 sinking of Kennedy’s PT boat during World War II.

The project has been in development since 2015, when Beau Flynn and Basil Iwanyk acquired a script by Samuel Franco and Evan Kilgore. Kent Kubena and Taylor Zea will oversee for Thunder Road and Scott Sheldon will oversee for Flynn Picture Co. No director is yet attached.

Kennedy was the commander of patrol torpedo boat PT 109 in the South Pacific when it was rammed by a Japanese destroyer Amagin, killing two crewmen. With the crew presumed dead by allies, Kennedy led the 11 survivors in swimming to a deserted island, where the crew had to hide from passing Japanese barges.

Kennedy swam over two miles to two other islands in search of help and food, then led his men to Olasana Island, which »


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Gwendoline Christie Joins Steve Carell in Robert Zemeckis’ Drama

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Game of Thrones” star Gwendoline Christie has joined the cast of the untitled Robert Zemeckis project opposite Steve Carell.

Diane Kruger, Leslie Mann and Janelle Monae are also starring in the movie. Carell will star as a man who builds a miniature World War II village as a way to recover from a violent assault. Christie will be his caretaker.

the story of one broken man’s fight as he discovers how artistic imagination can restore the human spirit.

Christie is well known for her role as Brienne of Tarth in HBO’s Game of Thrones and stars opposite Nicole Kidman and Elizabeth Moss in “Top of the Lake.” She appeared as Captain Phasma in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and will return for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

Zemeckis directs and produces from a screenplay he wrote with Caroline Thompson. Steve Starkey and Jack Rapke of Zemeckis’ Universal-based ImageMovers banner also produce, alongside »


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Michael Nyqvist, ‘Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ Star, Dies at 56

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Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist, who starred in the original “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” films alongside Noomi Rapace, died on Tuesday following a battle with lung cancer, his representative confirmed. He was 56.

“On behalf of Michael Nyqvist’s representatives and family, it is with deep sadness that I can confirm that our beloved Michael, one of Sweden’s most respected and accomplished actors, has passed away quietly surrounded by family after a year long battle with lung cancer,” said his rep in a statement. “Michael’s joy and passion were infectious to those who knew and loved him. His charm and charisma were undeniable, and his love for the arts was felt by all who had the pleasure of working with him.”

Though best known for his role in the Swedish “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” trilogy, Nyqvist also broke into American film. He played the villain alongside Tom Cruise in “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol »


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Lena Dunham To Co-Write ‘Toni Erdmann’ Remake Starring Jack Nicholson & Kristen Wiig

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We could hardly believe it either when news arrived earlier this year that a remake of the acclaimed, Oscar-nominated “Toni Erdmann” was in the works. We were even more surprised that it would star Jack Nicholson and Kristen Wiig. Well, the bombshells don’t end there.

The Tracking Board is reporting that “Girls” duo Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner are in talks to write the film.

Continue reading Lena Dunham To Co-Write ‘Toni Erdmann’ Remake Starring Jack Nicholson & Kristen Wiig at The Playlist. »


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Online Video Advertising Set to Quadruple by 2021

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If you’re already sick of seeing an endless stream of videos posted on your Facebook feed, buckle up, because its not going to slowdown anytime soon. Companies are increasingly turning to online video to market their products, with a shade more than $4 billion spent on Us mobile video ads in 2016, according to the latest Global Entertainment and Media Global Outlook report from PriceWaterhouseCoopers. More remarkably, this figure is expected to nearly quadruple to $16.2 billion spent on digital video by 2021. As the report put it, online video advertising “will continue to grow as the quality and quantity of video ads served increases, »

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Emilia Clarke (‘Game of Thrones’) reveals whether the season 7 rumors are true

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Emilia Clarke recently spoke to Rolling Stone at length about her life and career, in particular her star-making role as Daenerys Targaryen, the Mother of Dragons, in HBO’s fantasy epic “Game of Thrones.” She even teased a few details about the upcoming season, telling the magazine, “It’s a really interesting season in terms of some […] »


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U.K. Film Industry to Get $25M Infusion for Training, Future Skills

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While the U.K.’s film production boom is showing no signs of slowing down, now worth a some $5.6 billion to the economy and boosted by a healthy tax incentives scheme and – more recently – the post-Brexit tumbling value of the pound, the failure of the local British skills base to keep up with demand has often been cited as a growing concern.

With this in mind, a new initiative, backed by the British Film Institute alongside powerhouse producers such as Barbara Broccoli, Kathleen Kennedy and other industry figures, will see some £20 million ($25.6 million) from the U.K.’s National »


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Academy Breaks Own Record, Invites 774 New Members

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Moonlight” director Barry Jenkins, composer Lin-Manuel Miranda and actors Ruth Negga, Janelle Monae, Viggo Mortensen and Riz Ahmed are among the 774 film professionals who have been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, AMPAS announced on Wednesday. The number breaks the record set last year, when 683 people were invited to join. That number itself  shattered all previous records, both for new members and for the gender and racial diversity of those invited. Selections were made by membership committees in each of the Academy’s 17 branches. The committees reviewed the membership applications that aspiring members submitted »


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Stephen Colbert’s ‘Late Show’ to Test Summer Friday Format

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Stephen Colbert could join the rest of the working world by getting a break on Fridays during the summer.

Producers at CBS’ “Late Show” will this week experiment with the program’s Friday broadcast by running a new opening and monologue,  then using the rest of the hour to call attention to highlights and segments from earlier in the week. A spokeswoman for the program called the maneuver an “experiment” and suggested the show could well go back to running an entirely new broadcast on Friday if circumstances warranted, or if the news of the day was compelling enough to require additional material.

“Late Show” typically tapes two episodes on Thursday afternoons, giving Colbert and his staff a little breathing room on Fridays. The spokeswoman, Lauren Kamm, said the same audience was likely to watch both tapings.

The effort should not come as a surprise to veteran “Late Show” observers. In »


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‘Pretty Little Liars’ Creator Breaks Down Major ‘A’ Reveal in Series Finale (Spoilers)

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Spoiler Alert: Do not read ahead if you have not watched the “Pretty Little Liars” series finale, which aired June 27 on Freeform.

After seven seasons of whodunnit mystery, cliffhangers, and torment by “A,” the Liars finally found out the true identity of Rosewood’s villain … Spencer (Troian Bellisario) has a twin!

The identical twin with a British accent is named Alex Drake — A.D., get it? — and is Mary Drake’s (Andrea Parker) other daughter, who was sold as an infant upon birth so that Mary Drake could pay her way out of the Radley Sanitarium mental institution. Mary Drake sent her to a wealthy family in London, thinking she would have a great life, but instead, Alex ended up at an orphanage and never had a real family. Her lack of family, in comparison to Spencer’s seemingly “perfect” life, is what prompted her to take down the Liars.

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Steven Mnuchin Dodges Relativity Film Finance Fraud Lawsuit

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New York Supreme Court Justice Charles Ramos granted a motion by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin Wednesday to dismiss him from a fraud lawsuit filed against him due to his role at Relativity Media, Ryan Kavanaugh’s troubled production company. Lender Rka Film Financing first filed the suit in 2015, claiming Relativity borrowed money the film company “falsely represented” would be used for P&A — prints, advertising and other costs related to promoting the release of its movies — and then used those funds instead to finance operations and pay executive bonuses. It is seeking $110 million in damages. OneWest Bank, which Mnuchin founded and. »


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Michelle Rodriguez Threatens to Leave 'Fast and Furious' Over Weak Female Roles

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Michelle Rodriguez is leveraging for more screen time in the Fast and Furious franchise in a very visible way. The actress took to Instagram on Tuesday to announce the digital release of The Fate of the Furious (the eighth installment), and to let fans and industry insiders have a piece of her mind.

"F8 is out digitally today, I hope they decide to show some love to the women of the franchise on the next one," she captioned a collage of herself in several scenes from the action-packed flicks. "Or »


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